Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fake News

We hear a lot about fake news today. Stories that are made to shock and grab your attention, but not necessarily true. It’s nothing new really. Fake news surrounds us every day, and we don’t even know it. We are absorbed into a culture of fake news passed as reality. So how do we know the difference?

Some say there are many ways to happiness. Some say there is one way, but the roads are varied. Some say there is only one way, but depending on who you ask, the answer will vary as to which one way that is. So how do we know the difference?

Fake news says you can have it your way. Do you really think this is truth?
Fake news says you just need to try harder. How is that working out for you so far?
Fake news says success is a big house, nice car, and expensive toys. Do you really think that’s the answer?

Truth.

What is truth?

Truth is good news. Good news is the gospel truth.

Truth says you are a sinner. You know it’s true.
Truth says there is a price for sin. You know anything else is fake news.
Truth says you must pay the price. From experience, you know this must be true.

Good news says God loves you. He really does.
Good news says Jesus died to pay the price for you. He really did.
Good news says Jesus rose again for you. He lives today for you and for me.

The truth of the good news is that you can be set free.

How do you know the truth?

Jesus said three things. Abide in His word, then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-32,34,36)

Fake news or good news? You have a choice as to which one you believe.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).